Dura, West Bank Officer – The crisis has been raging for months but may soon erupt over anger over Israel’s support of Palestinian prisoners.
Adding to the Palestinian resentment is the health deterioration of six starving people in Palestine, protesting their detention or detention without trial.
Palestinians outraged by sanctions imposed by Israel Prison Services (IPS) on the rise, well-known prisoners in Palestine from the camp of Gilboa in northern Israel.
Kayed Fasfous, Miqdad Qawasmeh and Hisham Abu Hawash from Hebron; Raik Bisharat from Tubas; Alla al-Araj from Tulkarem; and Shadi Abu Aker of Bethlehem has been on strike for a long time – refusing to eat until Israeli authorities tell them what they have been accused of and when they will be released.
Fasfous, 32 – who has been starving for more than 60 days – is refusing salt and vitamins and drinking water alone. The former bodybuilder has lost 30kg (66 pounds) and now weighs 40kg (88 pounds).
He was transferred to Ofer Prison near Ramallah, where he had been detained since his arrest in September 2020, to Ramle Hospital in Israel.
“She is unable to walk, she is in a wheelchair and her heart and other vital organs continue to deteriorate,” her brother Khalid Fasfous told Al Jazeera.
No one in her family visited her and the Red Cross could not see her as the day she visited them she was transferred to Ofer Prison.
“I’m looking forward to hearing bad news about him anytime soon,” said Fawzia Fasfous’s mother. “I can’t sleep at night and wonder where he is and what happened to him.”
Inmates from Islamic Jihad have repeatedly met with IPS officers in several prisons, firing shots.
However, despite the brutal repression of the well-known Masada IPS group – and the relocation of more prisoners and forced relocation – hundreds of other inmates throughout Palestine’s political arenas are planning to fight over the weekend with the help of fellow inmates.
Fasfous’s attorney has been unable to see his client as he is in custody.
All of Fasfous’s brothers have been imprisoned for many years.
On two occasions when a brother Mahmoud Fasfous was detained at home, his wife was beaten by Israeli soldiers – which forced her to take her children both times.
Arrest control is a mechanism that allows Israeli soldiers to detain prisoners in secret without telling them or allowing them to be tried, says the Palestinian Prisoners’ Association Addameer.
“Confidentiality or confidential evidence cannot be obtained by the detainee or his or her lawyer, and the detention of supervisors, according to Israeli military orders, is renewed every six months for an indefinite period of time,” the rights group said.
The Inquisition claims that the practice was linked to politics in the Palestinian Territories, as well as to a Palestinian group protesting against Israeli occupation of Palestine for the first time in 1967.
“Despite the widespread and systematic use of state prisons and the prohibition of international law, Israeli occupation is used as a tool to punish all Palestinians,” Addameer said.
There are currently 520 Palestinians in the penitentiary.
Seven-year-old Abu Hawash would not recognize Hisham’s father when he saw them.
“He has not seen his father since he was a few months old,” Aisha Abu Hawash, the wife of hungry Hisham Abu Hawash, told Al Jazeera.
Abu Hawash, a construction worker, has been in prison since his arrest in October 2020.
Her six-year-old son, Izzadeen, has severe kidney problems and needs regular medical attention.
“All five children need their dad’s help and support. They don’t understand what is going on and they keep asking where their father is, ”said Aisha.
Hisham Emad’s brother said the family had been in a state of shock since the famine began 27 days ago as they did not know his whereabouts or whereabouts because the Red Cross had not been able to visit him, and Israeli officials had refused to provide anything.
“We know he was detained in Ofer Prison but since he went on hunger strike, we do not know if he is still in prison alone or if he has been transferred to a hospital and we are very concerned about him,” Emad told Al Jazeera.
“I have written a letter to the Red Cross and the UN office about human rights and expressed our frustration, but I have never heard of them,” Emad said.
“As a result, we see this as a matter of compulsion. We ask that we know more about her. ”
Violence is on the rise
Palestinian resentment has grown exponentially with any growth related to the plight of prisoners as each family encounters individual members of the detained and detained family.
Since the escape of six inmates from Gilboa prison last week, riots have been raging in the West Bank daily with Israeli intelligence reporting several incidents of stoning, shooting, stabbing, throwing dangerous weapons, homemade bombs, rockets dropped on the Gaza Strip, and other threats against Israeli and civilian troops.
Five of the survivors were members of Islamic Jihad. IPS has openly stated that it has not been able to target Islamic Jihad inmates and has struggled to create a spy reputation.
Another fugitive was Zacharia Zubeidi who from the time of his arrest had been taken to hospital by his family if his leg was broken and he was also injured during interrogation.
Two of those who fled are still fleeing.
In addition, it appears that the IPS should fight hard against Islamic Jihad insurgents as hundreds of Fatah inmates have issued a statement saying they want to go on a hunger strike from Friday with the help of all inmates.
He warned that they would continue to hold protests until the Israeli authorities stopped punishing them. Those who are starving to death right now, could start a West Bank powder keg.